Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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Repair crews are out along the Ocean City shoreline repairing damage done by the recent snow storm.

The beach cleanup is being carried out in conjunction with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

It’s estimated that as much as 880-thousand cubic yards of sand was lost.  

The initial assessment last week was $21 million.

Mayor Rick Meeham told WBOC that this is only for the beaches adding that an official estimate for homeowners and businesses has not yet been released.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Chesapeake Conservancy says the Obama administration included $29 million in the fiscal 2017 budget for land conservation across the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

The conservation group says the funding will help protect significant wildlife habitat and historical sites in Virginia and Maryland. Under the proposed spending plan, the National Park Service and other federal agencies would receive the funding.

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The fight over hiking the minimum wage is heating up in Delaware.

The Delaware Restaurant Association headlined Carrie Leishman yesterday whose organization represents 2-thousand restaurants in the state.

She called for broadening the battle in the court of public opinion.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the effort to hike the minimum wage above the current $8.25 an hour has been led by labor unions and Democratic Party leaders.

The paper reports nearly 50-thousand have jobs in the restaurant industry in the First State.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A Democratic senator who broke from her party to support Republicans' pick for the Virginia Supreme Court says she has changed her mind.

Democratic Sen. Louise Lucas joined Republicans on the Senate Court of Justice Committee Tuesday in endorsing Court of Appeals Judge Rossie Alston for the high court. Lucas said she agreed to it in exchange for her neighbor and political mentor being put on the appeals court.

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DAGSBORO, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police say they've charged a 17-year-old from the Bethany Beach area with bringing a pellet gun and knife to Indian River High School.
 
Police say a concerned student alerted administrators on Monday that the student had a knife and a gun.
 
A school resource officer responded to the school, cleared the classroom where the student was at the time and searched the student.
 
Police say the detective found an 8-inch knife in the student's boot and a pellet gun in his book bag.
 

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Winter storm and coastal flood warnings have been issued for Delaware as a winter storm bears down on the mid-Atlantic region.

The storm warning took effect at midnight and remains in effect until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

On the mid-shore this includes Kent Counties in both Maryland and Delaware as well as Queen Annie’s County.

The coastal flood warning is in effect through noon today, with moderate to minor flooding during this morning's high tide.

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The University of Delaware Faculty Senate has voted to push to allow in-state students to keep SAT scores from being considered as part of their admissions.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the program would begin in 2017 and would be reviewed in four years to see if could be expanded.

The vote yesterday was the result of research that finds high school grades are a much better predictor of how well a student does in college.

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EMMITSBURG, Md. (AP) - Mount St. Mary's University says its president has apologized and its provost has resigned after some embarrassing publicity about a plan to boost the schools' student-retention rate.

President Simon Newman said in a campus-wide email Friday that he had requested and received Provost David Rehm's resignation.

The Mountain Echo student newspaper reported last month that Rehm had criticized Newman's plan to identify, through a freshman survey, those who might not succeed and help them withdraw and obtain tuition refunds.

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The town of Reboboth Beach is looking at draft legislation that would limit the number of people who can spend the night in a rental unit.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the measure would impose a maximum of two people per bedroom plus four additional people.

The paper reports that for a rental with seven bedrooms the total limit would be 18.

And, an efficiency with no bedrooms could have four.

The paper reports that the proposal is the result of raucous behavior during the summer season.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland lawmakers have a potential quandary on their hands that's rare, if not unprecedented: Can one of their own vote twice on the same bill?

At issue is a measure allowing felons to vote while on probation or parole. Supporters say the measure will help reintegrate felons into society, but opponents say those felons haven't yet paid their debt to society.

Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has vetoed it. The House barely overrode the veto.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill that's making its way through Virginia's General Assembly would prevent political parties from requiring voters to sign a party affiliation statement in a presidential primary.

The Republican-led Senate voted 34-5 to approve the bill Monday. It heads to the House. 

The state Republican Party had planned to require voters in the party's March 1 primary to sign a statement affirming they're Republicans before casting a ballot. But it later changed its mind amid criticism from Donald Trump supporters.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - A state committee is set to consider a variety of funding requests from local law enforcement agencies for new equipment and training.

The State Aid to Local Law Enforcement committee is scheduled to meet Tuesday, weather permitting, to consider the requests.

The largest single request comes from the Wilmington Police Department, which is seeking $35,000 for training and more than $13,000 to buy automatic external defibrillators.

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) - Law enforcement officials plan to announce an initiative to deal with the heroin problem in Virginia's Tidewater region.

U.S. Attorney Dana Boente (BEN'-tay) and Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring will be joined by other federal, state and local officials at the news conference Tuesday morning at the federal courthouse in Norfolk.

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As this week’s snow draws near a coastal flood advisory is in effect for the Delaware coastline into tomorrow morning.

The National Weather Service says the alert bean at 5 a.m. this morning through 4 a.m. tomorrow morning.

The storm surge is expected to be as high as 2 and a half feet.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that as the winter storm advances tomorrow the ocean waves are expected to reach 8 to 10 feet.

The bay could see a height of up to 5 feet.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Opponents of capital punishment are planning a rally to protest the defeat of a bill repealing Delaware's death penalty, and what they describe as chronic racial injustice in the state.

Demonstrators planned to gather for a "Moral Monday" protest outside Legislative Hall on Monday.

They say protests will be a weekly occurrence during this year's legislative session.

Organizations supporting the protests include the NAACP, the Complexities of Color Coalition, the Delaware Repeal Project, and Delaware Citizens Opposed to the Death Penalty.

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The 25th annual Lewes Polar Bear Plunge raised $820-thousand this Sunday.

That’s up from $780-thousand last year.

And more than 35-hundred people found themselves diving into the cold waters of the Atlantic to raise money for Special Olympics Delaware.

When they dove in the water temperature was 43 degrees.

Last year it was down to 37.

The coldest plunge took place in 1995 with a minus 20-degree wind chill factor.

On Sunday the air temperature was a balmy 45 degrees.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginians who aren't registered to vote but want to cast ballots in the March 1 presidential primary need to act fast.

Monday is the deadline to register.

In Virginia, voters don't register by party. Any registered voter may choose to cast a ballot in either the Democratic or Republican primary.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - The Newark Police Department says crime in the city has decreased by 48 percent since 2006.

The News Journal in Wilmington reports that the department credits targeted policing, a network of surveillance cameras and increased community policing as factors behind the decrease.

Police Chief Paul Tiernan says that when he joined the force in September 2007, many armed robberies and other crimes were occurring at off-campus housing for the University of Delaware.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates for domestic violence victims in Virginia are praising a rare compromise in Richmond that could shepherd into law a measure that would strip abusers of their gun rights.

But the bill being considered in Virginia doesn't go as far as many of the states with similar laws, drawing criticism from gun-control activists who say more work needs to be done.

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Two suspects are being sought in a Saturday home invasion in Salisbury.

Police say that the victims were an elderly couple – an 88 year old man and 65 year old woman.

It occurred on Christopher Street.

WBOC reports that police say the suspects entered through an open and unlocked door.

Authorities say that the couple tried to get the two to leave.
But the woman was pushed against a wall while the man was hit in the face.

Police say the two took items from the house and then fled.

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There was a light dusting of snow this morning but less than expected with the winter weather advisory ending early at 10 a.m.

Many local schools closed before the snowfall including the tri-county area of Wicomico, Worcester and Somerset County as well as in Delaware. 

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that there was as much as 1 to 3 inches of snow.

Temperatures are expected to be in the 30's today, inching up into the 40's during the weekend.

Travelers are advised to be aware of ice and slush.

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The Accomack County Board of Supervisors has decided to impose tighter regulations on poultry houses.

They are believed to be the toughest rules for the poultry industry on Delmarva.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that under the ordinance approved on Wednesday the new regulations range from requiring a landscape plan and a maximum of five chicken houses per acre to increased setbacks from existing homes, mobile home parks and other structures.

There would also be a new 400-feeot setback from undeveloped property.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - A judge has declared a mistrial in the trial of a man accused of killing another man in a home invasion in Salisbury.

Twenty-year-old Daequan White of Salisbury is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 20-year-old James Skinner. 

Skinner was found dead in the doorway of his home on May 17 after several men entered the home and held people inside at gunpoint.

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Delaware House Majority Leader Valerie Longhurst (D-Bear) says she will try to close a loop hole that allows a gun store to go ahead with a sale when the background check fails to come back in three days.

The Wilmington News Journal reports noted that nationally the FBI says over 15-thousand 5-hundred gun buys went forward because of the loophole.

In the shooting that left 9 people dead at a South Carolina church accused shooter Dylan Roof got his gun because the background took more than three days.

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Enrollment in Delaware’s health exchange under Obamacare is up.

State officials say that more than 28,250 people signed up for plans or were automatically renewed.

That was a 13 percent increase over last year.

State Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf says that 22 percent involved new enrollees as of late December while 78 percent were renewals.

Nationally, there were around 12.7 million people who signed  up or automatically renewed their plans.

The deadline for signing up on the exchange was last Sunday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A legislative panel has approved a bill that would require students to use the bathroom that corresponds with their biological sex.

The Daily Press reports that the bill would mandate that school systems and state agencies adopt policies designed to keep transgender people from using the bathroom of the gender with which they identify. 

The House General Laws subcommittee endorsed the bill Thursday.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A bill that's getting bipartisan support in the General Assembly would allow people who had minor alcohol or marijuana possession offenses when they were under the age of 21 to have their records expunged.

Under Republican Sen. Ryan McDougle's bill, offenders would have to wait five years after serving their sentence before asking the court to erase their record.

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It will cost anywhere from $150-thousand to $400-thousand to repair the damage to the boardwalk in Rehoboth Beach by the recent winter storms.

That’s the estimate from a city consulting engineer.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the city commissioners are now trying to decide how to come up with the money.

Commissioner Stan Mills says told the paper that there was a hope that the federal government might provide some assistance as well as some help from Delaware lawmakers.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A House committee has punted on a bill to limit the personal use of campaign funds by Virginia politicians.

The GOP-controlled panel voted Thursday to put off until next year a vote on the legislation, which was a top ethics priority of Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe.

Virginia has one of the least restrictive campaign finance systems in the country, and lawmakers are only barred from using campaign funds for personal use when they close out their accounts.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - Gov. Jack Markell is joining Delaware's congressional delegation for a groundbreaking ceremony on a long-awaited road project to ease traffic congestion in southern New Castle County.

Federal Highway Administrator Gregory Nadeau also is among those scheduled to attend Friday's groundbreaking for the U.S. 301 project.

The new 301 will be limited-access, four-lane toll road stretching from the Maryland/Delaware state line to State Route 1 north of the Biddles Corner Toll Plaza.

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